What is pedodontics?
Pedodontics, also known as Pediatric Dentistry, is a department of science that aims to protect the health of milk and permanent teeth of children aged 0-15 years and to treat diseases that occur. It covers pediatric dental treatments other than orthodontics. Child treatment requires special attention. It is necessary to know children’s psychology well, to acclimate them to the dentist’s chair without scaring them, and to inform them about tooth cleaning so that they can live with healthy teeth throughout their lives.
Topics covering the clinical applications of pedodontics;
- Anti-decay applications,
- Restorative and root canal treatment of caries on milk and permanent teeth
- Restorative and prosthetic treatments for teeth with developmental abnormalities in children
- Preventive methods from Periodontal diseases
- Preventive orthodontics.
Fluoride treatments, which are considered the most effective form of treatments in preventive dentistry, can be applied in the treatment of tenderness/erosion of healthy individuals and patients prone to caries, and in individuals with systemic disorders who need special care. Applications are performed frequently and the number of applications determined according to the age and risk of caries formation of the individual.
Anatomically, the indentations and protrusions on the chewing surfaces of molars form areas where they can stick to food. Fissure sealants close these surfaces and help create a surface that facilitates brushing by reducing the retention of nutrients. It is known that after clinical applications, caries formation is reduced by 70% -80%.